Bryce Harper already hitting first home run huge for Phillies

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Bryce Harper recorded his first home run with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday during the team’s 8-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Despite crushing the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day 10-4, there were some concerns surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies after Bryce Harper failed to record a single hit during his official debut, although winning the game was most important.

However, the Phillies knew deep down there really wasn’t any need for concern since Harper is going to have those days in which the hitting isn’t always there, whether they want to hear it or not with all that money he’s going to be making.

After enjoying a day off following Opening Day, Philadelphia was back in action Saturday afternoon for the second meeting of the series with their division rival, and another chance for Harper to come through with his bat.

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In what may have been the highlight of the game, Harper crushed his first hit as a member of the Phillies for a home run that ended up traveling 465 feet to give Philadelphia an extra cushion with their lead over Atlanta.

Between the sound of the baseball hitting his bat to the curtain call that fired up fans at Citizens Bank Park, Harper’s first home run with the team was quite the memorable one, and should help take off additional pressure moving forward.

Some baseball fans questioned the decision by Philadelphia that whopping $330 million contract, but plays like this one from Saturday will seem well worth it if they continue to happen while putting the Phillies in the best position possible to compete for a World Series.

Clearly, Harper has been feeling a little extra pressure this past week to start off his new journey on a hot note in Philadelphia since the outfielder knows any sort of struggles will result in some scrutiny due to his hefty contract.

The Phillies never would have been willing to pay Harper all of that money if they didn’t believe he could play a big role in contributing to wins, and while there’s still months of baseball left, all parties have to be thrilled over this hot start for the team.

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Teams like the Braves certainly won’t make things easy in the NL East, but hopefully with more games like Saturday for Harper, the Phillies will continue to be in great shape to finally put an end to their overdue playoff drought.